National Parks: Geology, Ecology, and Geoenvironmental Issues|
Fall 2010 not offered
Using national parks and preserves as a focus, this broad and interdisciplinary course will explore concepts of deep time, the dynamic earth, ecology, and conflicts inherent in environmental planning and national resource management. Although many parks and preserves will be considered in our explorations of geology and environmental management, particular emphasis will be placed on Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Acadia national parks and on the Cape Cod National Seashore as crucibles for analyzing conflicts. The history of the national parks and challenges in managing park resources will be considered in the context of governing federal statutes and policies. Implications of broad changes in society and public demands on park usage will be evaluated using case histories from the national parks. A mock town meeting will demonstrate, through knowledgeable role-play, the public process of regulatory management of natural resources among disparate stakeholder constituencies.
Effective Citizenship, Information Literacy
Information Literacy: In this course, students will evaluate and interpret scientific, historical, and legal/regulatory information to formulate policy positions for management of public lands.
Effective Citizenship: In this course, students will evaluate and interpret scientific, historical, and legal/regulatory information to understand conflicts inherent in management of public lands and natural resources.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP)
Lillie, R.J., 2005, PARKS AND PLATES. W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-92407-6;
Strahler, A.N. A GEOLOGIST'S VIEW OF CAPE COD. Parnassus Imprints;
Selected readings as assigned, available through Blackboard.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Quizzes; 3 tests; Parks proposal project; town meeting project; participation in class discussions.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Additional Requirements: Required Field Trips
One state park in CT
Overnight trip to Cape Cod National Seashore (weekend)
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